Whether that makes me a troll I suppose is a matter of opinion.
It's inarguable that knowledge and experience are great, necessary things for success in any endeavor. Of course they are. It's just mystifying to me why you guys keep preaching this so hard (although inconsistently) using these extreme examples to make your point. A point that is really pretty obvious to most sane people.
Well you end quote: "A point that is really pretty obvious to most sane people." - You assume that you are sane, when in fact we know that with belligerent and bombastic insistence that "Fight Club" and "BFS" and your lame attempt at "LFS" ... that if you - yourself had the kinda mind that wants to learn from other's mistakes, you might take heed of the comments given. You don't. You may be highly educated but I think you have what is often described as an engineers one track mind. In that - all you can see is what you think a outcome should be based on a definition of an experience based soley on what you have envisioned it to be according to how you would want it.
Good for you and hope it works out for you in that mini test lab you call a BFS lake.
Extreme examples do make a point because if you look at the relative data - unequivocally demonstrates the rate of success and failures, based upon:
wait for it...
Really - wait...
Wait for it...
Preparedness on all levels.
Just like a single wanna be playboy wants to score, the environment is chosen and the targets are acquisitioned in a dutiful manner. You wanna compare "luck" - luck is by design my friend. You do whatever you can do to make the outcome as close as what you want but you have to prepare. That dude that hasn't bathed in 3 months aint gonna be scoring just because he can drop 10K on HD video equipment. That whom maybe will kinda be in the gonna score category - has all the p's and q's addressed before he attempts because he knows - it is better to be over pre-pared than to be not.
You ridicule "extreme examples" - because you don't understand the importance of the lesson...A playboy knows how to deal with the type that suddenly exclaims holy murder I woke up with you...Mother nature actually isn't that kind because you can't exactly kick mother nature out the door when you don't feel like dealing with it...
And this especially when BFS was always about pushing personal limits - not sailing around the freaking world in a ferro-cement tug with a woven rug as a sail and a Toys-R-Us sextant on your first time in a boat. Not that there's anything wrong with that if you can pull it off.
Interesting you bash a ferro cement boat then counter with if you can pull it off. Again illustrating that you are a troll and that you truly do not get it...
Pushing personal limits requires three things:
1) Trust in your boat.
2) Trust in anyone on your boat.
3) Trust in yourself to make decision because you directely dictate the outcome of any dire circumstances for those listed above.
You just do not get it...